Children who have trouble hearing may struggle to communicate and learn effectively in the classroom. That’s why, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, it is important for teachers to work with speech-language pathologists and other hearing specialists to create an optimal environment for these students. Teachers’ intimate knowledge of children’s development, paired with pathologists’ ability to address communication disorders and delays, make it an ideal partnership. Together, ASLHA suggests that these professionals:
- Talk with the child’s parents regularly to track progress and goals;
- Use both physical and verbal cues to evaluate the child’s communication competence in the classroom;
- Make special resources and technologies available, such as sign language interpreters and captioning;
- Determine any issues or delays that are unrelated to hearing loss and refer children to the appropriate specialist;
- Empower students with hearing loss to become their own advocate;
- Educate family members about available services and resources, both inside and outside the school setting;
If you are the parent of a child with hearing loss, be sure to stay in close communication with your child’s teacher. You are your child’s biggest advocate and can help ensure he or she is learning in an environment conducive to success. In addition, it is important that you discuss your child’s education with an audiologist. Audiologists, including those available through your True Care membership plan, can do more in-depth testing of your child’s hearing and make recommendations for their learning environment. They can also fit your child with any needed assistive devices, such a hearing aid. Together, you can set your child up for success in school.